Deadline: 29 February 2016

The Shire of East Pilbara is proud to announce that entries have opened for the 2016 Art at the Heart Artist in Residency program for 2016.
Art at the Heart is perhaps the richest artist residency program in Australia with $15,000 awarded to the selected artist along with up to $40,000 available to them to produce a body of art.
The Shire seeks expressions of interest from artists working in any medium, in Australia or overseas to make application to fulfill the residency guidelines while exploring the 2016 theme of ‘Light’.
Shire President Lynne Craigie said she is thrilled to have the third year of the Art at the Heart program up and running. “Art at the Heart is a wonderful program that explores and celebrates arts and culture in the East Pilbara. We have had two wonderful years already and I am sure the third will be as exciting as ever”, she said.
“The Shire has an initial four year commitment to Art at the Heart, a commitment I am very proud of. Artists awarded the residency bring with them fresh perspectives or new artistic practices” she said. “The opportunity for the community to engage with these artists can not only inspire them but also strengthen their capacity for artist expression” Lynne Craigie added.
The residency runs for a period of six to eight weeks, generally in August and September. Applications close for the 2016 residency on 29 February.
Applicants should send an email to cacd@eastpibara.wa.gov.au asking for the application form and Artists Brief. Applicants are encouraged to go to the Shire’s website at www.eastpilbara.wa.gov.au where they can find more information on Art at the Heart.
Based in the Shire of East Pilbara, Western Australia, Art at the Heart is a unique artist in residency program that focuses on the creative interaction between the artist, the environment and local community. While exploring our magnificent region the artist will engage the local communities of Newman, Nullagine and Marble Bar in creative activities related to the artist’s practice and the body of work developed throughout the residency.
Over the residency period the selected artist will have the opportunity to develop a body of work around the 2016 theme of ‘light’. This development will be generously supported by a $15,000 artist fee. As part of the residency it is expected that the artist showcases their body of work and create an artwork to be gifted to the Shire as a legacy of the residency.
During the residency the selected artist will be expected to facilitate a series of community engagement opportunities for local artists and the broader community. In a detailed plan the artist will need to demonstrate how this engagement and creative exchange will take place. A $40,000 budget will be available to cover costs associated with the delivery of the community engagement and costs related to the creation of the artist body of work.
The successful artist will undertake a 6 -8 week residency within the Shire or East Pilbara ideally between the 1st August and the 30th September 2016. The exact dates will be negotiated
In its third year of a four year program, the 2016 Art at the Heart - Artist in residence program aims to:
Develop the capacity of local artists and the wider community via community engagement and creative exchange
Explore and showcase the local region through the exploration of the 2016 theme ‘light’
Contribute to and creatively enrich the Shire of East Pilbara’s through a legacy artwork
Enable an artist to develop a body of work and further their creative practice
Promote and create an awareness of the region, residency and artist (both nationally and internationally).
To view previous Art at the Heart residencies please visit the website: http://www.eastpilbara.wa.gov.au/Our-Region/Art-at-the-Heart
For a copy of the Artist Brief, application form and details on how to apply, please contact: cacd@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au

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